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Old 12-09-2000, 12:12 PM   #1
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OK so I've enjoyed this great-performing V6 automatic since September... Now, how can I get it to shift more smoothly except at so-called regular driving paces. When "gettin' down" on it, I have to let up off the gas to get it to shift. Even with that, Toyota and Honda are a joke. Also, is my car set to a "top speed"? It kind of "quits" at 120mph (I don't mess with the gears). My '97 SC2 would bury past 130. What gives?

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Old 12-09-2000, 12:41 PM   #2
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We are all getting the shaft in that the auto manufacturers are putting software into their PCM's. I plan on trying to get mine removed. Plus I hate the DRLs.

I wish that Saturn would get the picture quit telling us how fast we should drive our cars. I'm against this idea totally. I live in flyover country and I'm pissed.

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Old 12-09-2000, 04:17 PM   #3
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Saturn doesn't tell you how fast to drive, but the law does and I'm sure your Saturn is capable of maintaining the speeds allowed on our nation's roads.

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Old 12-10-2000, 02:29 PM   #4
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I'd have to agree with that last comment. Like my dad always used to say, "you can't outrun a police radio or air unit". If you feel the "need for speed", go to a track. They don't call driving 20+mph over the posted speed limit "reckless driving" for nothing. Your reaction times are decreased, and for everyone else doing the speed limit, you're the menance, not them.

I've been riding motorcycles for about 20 years, and my bikes will flat out blow the doors off just about any car on the road. But driving fast on public roads is dangerous, because you don't know what the condition of the road is past that upcoming blind left-hand turn, and you can't always predict what the other driver will do. On a track, you don't have these worries, and you can drive as fast as you're comfortable with.

FWIW, the wife's 2001 LW300 is an absolute hoot to drive, even with the auto trans. It's a way faster car than her Passat VR6 was, and has the shift points and powerband right where they need to be. Her car was so much fun to drive that's what prompted me to go out and get a '94 SW2 with a 5-speed and 4-wheel discs/ABS. That'll be the "toy" out of the two. I've already replaced the stock intake with my own version of a PowerStack, and have other goodies on my wish list as well (new chambered muffler, lowering springs, 16" wheels/tires, hub spacer kit, etc).

Gotta love these Saturn wagons!

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Old 12-10-2000, 03:34 PM   #5
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Just ANSWER THE QUESTION, PLEASE!! I appreciate your having moral opinions, but I'm not very interested in them. I just want to know if my car is "rigged".

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Old 12-10-2000, 06:19 PM   #6
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Ever wonder why I emphasize the importance of crashworthiness so much? It's because I have to share the roads with people like this!

To answer your question - yes your car is "rigged" so you'll just have to live with a top speed of ~120 mph I guess.

Speaking of hazards on the road - last night I got stuck behind a girl who couldn't maintain speed and was all over the road. I actually got a look at the driver when I pulled up alongside in the left hand turn lane at a light (she was going straight). She was a fairly young girl who obviously was in no condition to be driving. Should I do anything in a situation like that?

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Old 12-10-2000, 06:43 PM   #7
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I agree!!! If You want something faster... Buy a "Vette"!! My new "SL2" is fast enough for Me. Yep, there is no way to reprogram the saturn computer (as of yet) 120 mph...must be a State Trooper. <img src="http://www.saturnfans.com/cgi-bin/UltraBoard/Images/Happy.gif" border="0" align="middle"> As far as that Girl goes.. It is in Your safety & other's on the Road & Her's to report Her if she is under the influence. (just My opinion)

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Old 12-10-2000, 07:04 PM   #8
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Yeah, you can actually call 911 if you see a driver who is obviously under the influence. At least I remember seeing a streetsign to that effect somewhere.

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Old 12-10-2000, 07:45 PM   #9
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VTHOKIE,

If you are calling from your cell phone, here in Virginia, you can call *77 (<b>Star S</b>tate <b>P</b>olice) to report obvious drunks and other reckless folk as well as accidents. Other states have their own special numbers for emergencies and most are posted along the interstates.

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Old 12-11-2000, 01:24 AM   #10
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I guess I'll also punch in *77 in VA or *HP in GA to report the left lane hogs who recklessly clog our nation's highways with their self-appointed "safety" morality. Besides it being otherwise illegal, there is nothing morally wrong with taking a short blast at top speed down the highway if there's no one around. If there's no one around, you aren't endangering anyone but yourself.


I don't have the time, the money nor the desire to go onto a racetrack. That is the equivalent to surrendering the war on underposted speed limits.

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Old 12-11-2000, 02:14 AM   #11
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<blockquote><hr><font size="1">Original Post:</font><!--1-->
I guess I'll also punch in *77 in VA or *HP in GA to report the left lane hogs who recklessly clog our nation's highways with their self-appointed "safety" morality. <hr></blockquote>

I can't stand that either.

<blockquote><hr>Besides it being otherwise illegal, there is nothing morally wrong with taking a short blast at top speed down the highway if there's no one around. If there's no one around, you aren't endangering anyone but yourself.<hr></blockquote>

Okay, fine...I've taken my car up to about 95 mph briefly on the open highway, and I'll maintain 80+ if conditions allow, but how is 120 mph not sufficient?

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Old 12-11-2000, 07:58 AM   #12
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AH PHOOEY!

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Old 12-11-2000, 08:18 AM   #13
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L100: If you want to turn off the DRLs on an L series, open the hood, remove the cover from the black fuse/relay box that sits on the driver' side of the car, remove the DRL relay.

You will then have no DRLs, but the sneaky Saturn engineers then have also disabled the passenger side highbeam. To get that back, take a short length of wire and place one end into the #30 socket where the relay came out, and the other end into the #87a socket (look underneath the relay for the numbering). It is pretty simple.

Now you'll have no DRLs and all the headlights working properly.

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Old 12-11-2000, 10:21 AM   #14
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Can't overemphasize *77 (in VA and DE). 911 is meant for true emergencies.

Just to warn you, *77 may not have the most friendly (or intelligent) operators.
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Old 12-11-2000, 10:22 AM   #15
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That's a neat trick, but why would anyone want to disable their DRL's? I mean, even if you dislike them so much, you never see your own anyway, so what does it matter?

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Old 12-11-2000, 12:49 PM   #16
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Hey, SoCalSaturnsGuzzis... Go directly to the "Wagon Thread, Continued" thread to be initiated into the Saturn Wagon Fans club. <img src="http://www.saturnfans.com/cgi-bin/UltraBoard/Images/Happy.gif" border="0" align="middle">

We had a few more threads on the same subject, the largest of which recently vanished from the message board.

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Old 12-11-2000, 04:02 PM   #17
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<blockquote><hr><font size="1">Original Post:</font><!--1-->
Also, is my car set to a "top speed"? It kind of "quits" at 120mph (I don't mess with the gears). My '97 SC2 would bury past 130. What gives?<hr></blockquote>

According to a Car & Driver comparo test which included the LW2, its top speed is electronically governed to 121mph. I'm sure its the same for your LS2/L300.

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Old 12-12-2000, 08:14 AM   #18
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<b>CORRECTION CORRECTION CORRECTION CORRECTION</b>

I was tooteling home from work this morning, I-95 south at Springfield, VA. What do I see? One of the signs I mentioned in my post above. That's when it hit me. I GOOFED!

In VA, dial <b>#77</b> for the State Police. Disregard what I posted above.

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P.S. Does anyone else find it strange that a Commonwealth has State Troopers? Why aren't they Commonwealth Troopers?? Just curious.

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Old 12-12-2000, 09:08 AM   #19
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Ah commonwealth, state whatever. FREE TEXAS NOW!!!! We are our own country baby!!!!

Damn, the Emu's are loose again!!!!

hehehehe, just kidding.

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